Optional Course: Mental Health First Aid

This module has been added to the Personal Care Home Administrator 100 Hour Course as an optional course available to our participants.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even if you have no clinical training — Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Before you can know how to help, you need to know when to help. We call this mental health literacy – or a basic understanding of what different mental illnesses and addictions are, how they can affect a person’s daily life and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges get well.

Mental Health First Aid is an international program proven to be effective. Peer-reviewed studies published in Australia, where the program originated, show that individuals trained in the program:

  • Grow their knowledge of signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions.

  • Can identify multiple types of professional and self-help resources for individuals with a mental illness or addiction.

  • Increase their confidence in and likelihood to help an individual in distress.